Facility Visit and Patient Interview at the Lung Center of the Philippines

On February 22, 2024, the BPaL OR Team, in collaboration with esteemed partners from TB Alliance, Tropical Disease Foundation, KNCV, MMCHD, and TBPeople Philippines, conducted an insightful on-site visit to the Lung Center of the Philippines under the guidance of Dr. Jo-An Samoy-Tuy.

The primary objective of these courtesy visits was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the facility’s capacity to implement the programmatic scale-up of the BPaLM/BPaL. Additionally, the team aimed to share valuable insights derived from previous monitoring efforts during these visits.…

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Engagement in Tuberculosis Treatment: Courtesy Visit to Department of Health (DOH)- Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD)

On February 22, 2024, BPaL OR Team, in collaboration with partners from TB Alliance, Tropical Disease Foundation, KNCV, and TBPeople Philippines, conducted a constructive courtesy visit to the Department of Health – Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD). The delegation was received by Regional Director Rio L. Magpantay.

The primary objective of this visit was to foster dialogue on the essential support required from the regional department for the successful implementation and monitoring of the new tuberculosis treatment regimen.…

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Unified Initiative for Tuberculosis Eradication: A Courtesy Call to Quezon City Health Office

On February 20, 2024, a significant step towards combatting Tuberculosis (TB) was taken during a courtesy call to the Quezon City Health Office at Tatalon Health Center. The meeting, led by Dr. Marizel Wong, NTP City Medical Coordinator of Quezon City, brought together a dedicated group including members of the TBpeople Philippines Team: Ms. Louie Zepeda-Teng, Nino Magpusao, Marcus Teng, Micheal Lugtu, and Alvin Ferry.

The primary focus of the discussion was the establishment of TBpeoplePH Quezon City Discipleship—a city association comprising TB survivors, close contacts, and healthcare providers.…

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Department of Health (DOH) – Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism (PCCM) Malaria Key Population Engagement

TBpeople Philippines recently journeyed to Palawan to participate in the Department of Health (DOH) – Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism (PCCM) Malaria Key Population Engagement held at Aziza Paradise Hotel in Puerto Princesa Palawan. The event served as a platform for TBpeople Philippines to share meeting for engagement with local government units (LGUs) and the broader community. The initiative aimed to equip these organizations with the insights necessary to address malaria comprehensively, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts across various groups.…

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TBPeople Philippines attended the Second National Health Systems Meeting (NHSM)

Founder and President of TBPeople Philippines Ms. Louie-Zepeda-Teng attended the 2nd National Health Systems Meeting (NHSM) held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, together with other panelists Undersecretary of Health – Dr. Kenneth G. Ronquillo, 1st District Representative of Iloilo – Dr. Janette L. Garin, WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rui Paulo De Jesus, City Administrator of Navotas City – Dr. Christia Padolina and Professor V, Community Medicine and Health Policy, College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines – Dr.…

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Padayon: DOH-USAID Shared Journey Towards Healthy Pilipinas – A Celebration of Achievements and Hope

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Office of Health (OH) extends sincere appreciation for our valued partnership in addressing the healthcare needs of the Filipino people. 

We are pleased to announce the culminating activity of USAID’s health projects from 2018 to 2024, themed “Padayon: The DOH-USAID Shared Journey Towards a Healthy Pilipinas,” took place this January 31, 2024, at the Quezon City Experience Museum Complex. 

TBpeople Philippines is privileged to be invited to this significant event, showcasing the fruitful collaboration among the Department of Health (DOH), USAID, local government units, and implementing partners.…

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Collaboration Ignites Hope for a TB-Free Philippines – Tuberculosis Medical Advisory Committee Summit

On January 24th, The Department of Health (DOH) and fhi360, in partnership with USAID’s TB Innovations and Health Systems Strengthening (TBIHSS) Project, orchestrated the impactful “TB Medical Advisory Committee Summit.” This collaborative two-day event aimed to elevate the proficiency in tackling tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant (DR)-TB, marking a pivotal step towards a healthier future for the Philippines.

The summit served as a vital platform for knowledge exchange and strategic planning. The event fostered an environment of shared learning and commitment, from strengthening treatment proficiency to discussing real-world challenges and exploring innovative solutions.…

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Scholasticans Reunite: High School Batch 1999 Homecoming Celebrates Friendship, Legacy, Memories, and Passing the Torch

The spirit of camaraderie and shared memories filled the air as St. Scholastica’s College, High School Batch 1999 recently gathered for their highly anticipated homecoming event. This special occasion not only served as a reunion for classmates but also a time to reflect on the cherished experiences and bonds forged during their time at the esteemed institution. Among the highlights of the gathering was the symbolic passing of the torch to prepare for the milestone celebration of 25 years as Scholasticans.…

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TBPeople Philippines in collaboration with Getz Healthcare

On January 19, at Astoria Plaza in Pasig City, TBPeople Philippines, in collaboration with Getz Healthcare, delivered an enlightening session on TB Literacy to the Getz Healthcare Diagnostics Team. The event showcased an insightful exploration into the intricate landscape of tuberculosis, featuring engaging presenters who adeptly elucidated the complexities of the disease. The warm welcome extended by TBPeoplePH established a conducive atmosphere,
emphasizing our collective responsibility in the pursuit of TB elimination.…

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OVERCOMING DISABILITY – Inclusive Perspective in the Philippine Tuberculosis Response (Policy Brief)

GRANT NAME: Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) 10
FUNDER: Stop TB Partnership

Objectives: At the end of the project implementation, OVERCOMING DISABILITY aims to:

  • Share reflections and provide suggestions to help the Philippines to incorporate disability-inclusive strategies in the implementation of its TB treatment program as part of its commitment to the Global Plan to end TB by 2030
  • Ensure that key and vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities gain fair and equitable access to quality TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services at the community level and to create opportunities for community-based, multi-sectoral, and participative mechanisms aimed at strengthening the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of TB including post-treatment care services

Achievements:

  • Documents review
  • Key informant interviews
  • Treatment site visits

Timeline: December 2021 to September 2023

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This policy Brief would have not been possible without the support of Stop TB Partnership under Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) 10.…

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